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Concentrations

A concentration is a structured plan of study within a major.  The number of semester hours for a concentration varies, but is included within the semester hours for the major.  The concentration appears on the official transcript.

Propose a concentration action

Concentrations in academic programs comprise a series of courses displaying a distinct curricular pattern within the major. They are called areas of emphasis (AOE) by the Registrar’s Office, and are also known as options, emphases, tracks, (sub)fields or specializations.

New concentrations require approval at all levels of the university as well as approval by the state Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and notification to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Consult the procedures below to initiate a new concentration or terminate an existing one.

New Concentrations > 18 undergraduate or > 12 graduate credit hours

New concentrations require approval at all levels of the university as well as approval by the state Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and notification to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).


Creating a New Concentration

Adding an undergraduate concentration of greater than 18 credit hours or a graduate concentration of greater than 12 credit hours is considered to be a Program Modification by the Commission on Higher Education (CHE).

  1. New concentrations require the electronic submission of a New Program proposal in the Academic Program Proposal System (APPS).
  2. The proposing department or unit must also submit a completed CHE Program Modification Form [docx] to the Office of Academic Programs. Please refer to the CHE Timeline for Program Modifications for important dates and deadlines.


Approval Process

Required approvals as outlined below may take up to one year for full review. New concentrations may only be marketed and assigned a code by the University Registrar after CHE and SACSCOC approvals have been received by the Provost’s Office.

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. College or school representative
  3. Faculty Senate or Graduate Council
  4. CHE (ACAP)
  5. SACSCOC Notification (Submitted by the Office of Academic Programs)

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system.  The Faculty Senate, Graduate Council and CHE may request program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns.

Additional Approvals
Concentrations that impact other units may require additional approvals.

Interdisciplinary program proposals should include letters of concurrence from all involved units.

Any program related to P-12 educator preparation requires a letter of endorsement from the Dean of the College of Education. Educator-preparation concentrations require additional approvals by the State Department of Education. 

New Concentrations ≤ 18 undergraduate  or  ≤ 12 graduate credit hours

New concentrations require approval at all levels of the university as well as notification to the state Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).


Creating a New Concentration

New concentrations require the electronic submission of a New Program proposal in the Academic Program Proposal System (APPS).


Approval Process

Required approvals as outlined below may take up to one year for full review. New concentrations may only be marketed and assigned a code by the University Registrar after CHE and SACSCOC approvals have been received by the Provost’s Office.

Approval levels:

  1. Department / Unit
  2. College or school academic affairs officials
  3. Faculty Senate or Graduate Council
  4. CHE Notification (Submitted by the Office of Academic Programs)
  5. SACSCOC Notification (Submitted by the Office of Academic Programs)

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system.  The Faculty Senate and Graduate Council may request program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns.

Additional Approvals
Concentrations that impact other units may require additional approvals.

Interdisciplinary program proposals should include letters of concurrence from all involved units.

Any program related to P-12 educator preparation requires a letter of endorsement from the Dean of the College of Education. Educator-preparation concentrations require additional approvals by the State Department of Education.

Creating More Than One Concentration (regardless of credit hours)

Creating more than one concentration requires approval at all levels of the university as well as notification to the state Commission on Higher Education (CHE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). However, CHE also requires a Program Modification Form be submitted.

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. College/School Representative
  3. Faculty Senate or Graduate Council
  4. CHE (ACAP)
  5. SACSCOC Notification (Submitted by the Office of Academic Programs)

Revising Concentrations

Initiating a concentration modification requires the electronic submission of a Change to an Existing Program proposal in the Academic Program Proposal System (APPS).

Approval Process

Required approvals as outlined below may take up to one year.

Approval levels:

  1. Academic Unit Head
  2. College/School Representative
  3. Faculty Senate or Graduate Council
  4. CHE (NOC) (Submitted by the Office of Academic Programs)
  5. SACSCOC Notification (Submitted by the Office of Academic Programs)


Additional Approvals

Any revision related to a P-12 educator preparation program requires a letter of endorsement from the Dean of the College of Education. Interdisciplinary program revisions should include letters of concurrence from the units involved.

Terminating Concentrations

Terminating a concentration requires the electronic submission of a Terminate a Program proposal in the Academic Program Proposal System (APPS).


Approval Process

Required approvals as outlined below may take up to six months for full review. Concentration terminations may only be implemented after CHE and SACSCOC approvals or acknowledgements have been received by the Provost's Office.

Approval levels:

  1. Department / Unit
  2. College or school academic affairs officials
  3. Faculty Senate or Graduate Council
  4. CHE Notification (Submitted by the Office of Academic Programs)
  5. SACSCOC Notification (Submitted by the Office of Academic Programs)

Approvals at the department, college, and faculty governance levels are handled by the APPS system.  The Faculty Senate or Graduate Council may request program representation at meetings to address questions or concerns.